Macaulay Student and Alumni Help Produce Television Documentary

September 7, 2011 | Macaulay Honors College

We Are The Knights will premiere Thursday, September 8 at 8:30pm on THIRTEEN

Macaulay alumni Daniel Allen (Hunter ’08) and Daniel Cowen (Hunter ’11), along with Macaulay student Christine Berrios (Hunter ’13), have worked with Executive Producer Mary Lockhart to produce a 30-minute documentary to appear on THIRTEEN, WLIW21, NJTV. Christine has also worked with alumnus Dan Blondell (Hunter ’10) to create a website for the program and organize its premiere screening.

We Are The Knights tells the story of The Knights, an orchestra and a fellowship of young adventurous musicians on a mission: to transform how audiences experience classical music. Highly trained musicians who have been friends since their conservatory days, many of The Knights are barely 30-years-old. Still, they’ve reached a breakthrough moment in their careers by expanding the orchestral concert experience with their diverse programming, innovative formats, and a unique atmosphere of camaraderie.

We Are The Knights will air this Thursday, September 8th at 8:30 pm ET on THIRTEEN and at 10:15 pm ET on WLIW21.

The film is hosted by Paula Zahn of SundayArts, and features interviews with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Fred Child, host of American Public Media’s “Performance Today” classical radio show. The program also includes performances by The Knights and a behind-the-scenes looks at their unique, democratic rehearsal process.

The program was made possible in part by The Friends of THIRTEEN, Inc., which has partnered in the past with members of the Macaulay and wider CUNY community to create television and online programs, and connect students with internships, volunteer opportunities, and jobs at THIRTEEN’s parent company, WNET.

About Friends of THIRTEEN

The Friends of THIRTEEN, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of volunteers who act as liaisons between THIRTEEN and the community to: increase engagement with the station’s quality programming; promote use of its innovative educational resources; and expand support for public media as one of our nation’s great cultural resources.

About WNET New York Public Media

WNET is America’s flagship public media outlet, bringing quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. The parent company of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET produces such acclaimed PBS series as Great Performances, American Masters, Nature, Need to Know, Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Noah Comprende and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through SundayArts, Reel 13, NJ Today and the new online newsmagazine MetroFocus.

About Macaulay Honors College

The Class of 2014 is the tenth Macaulay Honors College class, and their admission marked the beginning of the college’s tenth anniversary celebrations. Founded in 2001 by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Macaulay Honors College has already become one of the nation’s leading honors colleges, offering an exceptional academic and co-curricular environment for future leaders of New York City—and beyond. Macaulay students enroll in one of seven CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, Queens, or Staten Island). Through the unique Macaulay advising program, each student develops a coordinated, individualized academic program that includes research, global learning, graduate and professional mentoring, community engagement, and close faculty-student collaboration. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students are awarded a full-tuition merit scholarship, giving them the freedom to pursue their academic goals without financial burdens. Macaulay further enriches students’ academic experience by providing a laptop and technology support, a $7,500 study grant to pursue global learning and service opportunities, and a Cultural Passport that provides access to more than 200 museums, libraries and other treasures around New York City. For more information about Macaulay Honors College, see macaulay.cuny.edu.

Contact: Rich Dikeman, Director of Communications, 212-729-2928.